This family is still reeling in shock after their son was stabbed to death by his school mate after an argument.
Xolile Nkqayi, 17, was walking with friends when he was attacked by another pupil outside Philippi’s Nelson Mandela High School on Thursday afternoon.
He died on arrival at GF Jooste Hospital of a single knife wound to the chest.
Now a 15-year-old boy is charged for the murder of the Grade 10 learner.
Learners who didn’t want to be named say the trouble started after the two argued while queuing for food at the school’s kitchen.
A 16-year-old Grade 9 girl says: “Learners were queuing for food at the school kitchen.”
“And suddenly there was an argument between the two learners.
“But nobody knows what they were arguing for.
“Hours later after school, we heard that he was stabbed outside the schoolyard.”
Philippi East cops say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested for murder.
Xolile’s mother Nokhuselo Nkqayi, 52, tells the Daily Voice she was cleaning her house when her daughter, Amanda, who also attends the school, came to tell her that her son had been rushed to hospital by school guards.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw. I found my son at the hospital,” says the heartbroken mom.
“He was covered in blood. There was nothing I could do, he was already dead.
“Life is cruel, I just cannot believe that he is gone forever.”
The grieving mom says she last spoke to her son earlier in the day on his way to school.
“I remember telling him to always get to school in time. And not walk in the bushes on his way to school,” says Nokhuselo.
She adds that her son loved playing soccer.
“Every weekend he was always away with his soccer team,” she explains.
“Soccer and school was his life.
“He always reminded me that his education and soccer will take us out of the shack one day.
“And I believed him because he was dedicated in what he was doing.”
Nelson Mandela School Principal Agreey Mnothoza confirmed the incident.
“Nobody knows what actually happened. The matter is being handled by the police,” he says.
“The perpetrator is known for being troublesome and bunking school.”
Philippi East police spokeswoman Nondumiso Paul confirms a 15-year-old has been arrested for murder